Rolf Hind's career has blossomed over twenty-five years in a multitude of directions -- establishing him now as a major force as soloist, composer, recording artist, chamber musician, pedagogue, collaborator and concert planner. His work as a recitalist has taken him to many of the leading new music festivals in Europe -- by way of Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House and tours of Korea, Taiwan and Cuba.
Rolf has worked with many leading conductors, including Ashkenazy, Knussen, Rattle, David Robertson and Andrew Davis and appeared at the BBC Proms seven times. Orchestras he has worked with include the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Munich Philharmonic, Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Malmo Symphony, and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and many appearances with the London Sinfonietta, the LPO, RPO, the BBC Symphony and all the other BBC orchestras.
Rolf's compositions range from solo piano pieces, via a piano trio, two string quartets and a piano quintet to a piano concerto, Maya-Sesha, his first orchestral work, since nominated for a British Composer's Award. Much of his music is inspired by a fascination with the culture, mythology, philosophy and music of India, which he has travelled to often. At the same time it draws on the technical adventurousness of certain performers, including himself!
The roster of composers who have worked with Rolf or written for him reads like a who's who, and includes Tan Dun, John Adams, Helmut Lachenmann, Unsuk Chin, Elliott Carter, George Benjamin, James McMillan amongst many others.
Rolf was the Artistic Director of spnm for 2 years, and has curated concerts for example at London's Roundhouse.
Rolf's most recent ensemble work was a concertante piece for clarinet and ensemble, called sit stand walk, premiered at London's Spitalfields Festival in June 2011.
His latest concerto was for accordion and orchestra with soloist James Crabb and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, 'The Tiniest House of Time', premiered on 24th November 2012 at London's Barbican Centre.
An interest in new dance has resulted in various collaborations and he and the leading Portuguese choreographer Rui Horta have collaborated on a large-scale tour of a new work featuring the Sonatas and Interludes of John Cage for prepared piano, with dancer.
Cage also featured in many of Rolf's recital programmes during the Cage 2012 anniversary year, including an appearance at the SOUND SCOTLAND Festival in November 2012.
Matthew Barley's musical world is one of adventure, collaboration, and diversity. One of the finest cellists of his generation, Matthew has appeared as soloist with orchestra and in recital in many great concert halls around the world, and is equally comfortable with improvisation (one of his musical passions, along with Bach Suites, new music and education), or making music with Indian, Sufi, African, Jazz musicians, or London's Grime MCs.
Five passionate wind players. Virtuoso musicians and brilliant arrangers. The creators of a completely new genre: the reed quintet. They are a source of inspiration to a fresh generation reed players that follows in their footsteps. A classical ensemble with a pop mentality: meet Calefax.
Nicholas Daniel's long and distinguished career began when, at the age of 18, he won the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition and went on to win further competitions in Europe. At his debut at the BBC Proms in 1992 the Sunday Times described him as 'one of the greatest exponents of the oboe in the world', a title which he still holds today. As one of the UK's most distinguished soloists as well as a highly successful conductor, he has become an important ambassador for music and musicians in many different fields. In recognition of this, he was recently awarded the prestigious Queen's Medal for Music.
Nicholas works worldwide at the highest level and is an inspiration to young oboists everywhere. Dedicated to commissioning new works and expanding the oboe repertoire, he is active as both soloist and chamber musician, and is Artistic Director of the Leicester International Festival.
He is regularly invited to play in the BBC Proms and such occasions have included several world premieres and contemporary pieces as well as more traditional repertoire such as Mozart.
He made his conducting debut at the BBC Proms in 2004 with Britten Sinfonia and has worked with many orchestras internationally, most recently in Germany, Poland, Sweden and Finland.
Since their Wigmore Hall debut in 2006, the Lendvai String Trio has had a busy schedule of concerts at major venues throughout Europe, including several re-invitations to Wigmore Hall, recitals at King's Place, the Barbican and Purcell Room in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Musikaliska in Stockholm.